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Head: Corporate Commercial Practice

Soumya George

Soumya George is the  Head of Corporate Commercial Practice at KARM Legal. Soumya has in-depth knowledge of UAE laws and has extensive experience handling matters across various jurisdictions and industry segments. As a corporate commercial lawyer with an experience of over 10 years, she is proficient in drafting, negotiating and bringing to closure complex contractual documents. 

She has extensively advised clients on cross-border transactions involving distribution, intellectual property licensing, franchising, commercial agency, consultancy and services arrangements.She has vast experience, particularly in respect of investment, joint ventures, financing projects, and company acquisitions. She has skillfully drafted and negotiated diverse types of contracts including share sale agreements, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, investment agreements etc. 

She has advised major corporations, both public and private located across jurisdictions worldwide. She has also acted as retainer counsel for high-net worth individuals, companies owned by members of the Royal Family, government owned companies, banks, securities and commodities brokers, major real estate groups, event management companies, private equity investors, and some leading players in the hospitality and leisure industry in the UAE.More recently she has been working on technology projects particularly digital, blockchain and fintech projects. She has advised on projects focusing on blockchain technology, tokenisation, cryptocurrency and crowdfunding projects. She is presently advising a major Medtech venture on organ donation and three blockchain enabled crowdfunding projects – each of which are various stages of licensing before the UAE authorities.  She has frequently advised on specialized laws including financial sector regulations, DIFC – DFSA/ SCA/ ADGM regulations.

Education

  • B.A. LL.B (Hons.), West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences

Membership

  • Member- Fintech Working Group Arab Monetary Fund

Trainings & Roundtables Conducted

  • Conducted Training for the Deloitte (ME) Team on “Law, Distributed Ledger Technology and Blockchain”.
  • Conducted Roundtable Discussion on “Strengthening Privacy by Ensuring Data Protection” at a Legal Technology Event on the use of Smart Contracts, hosted and conducted by Forte Markets, April, 2019

Articles Authored/Co-Authored

  • Bahrain leads the Crypto Way, June 2019, The Oath Legal Magazine
  • Regulating Digital Assets, May 2019, The Oath Legal Magazine
  • “Regulations Simplified- Report on the Regulatory Framework of Crypto Asset Activities in ADGM” which was published in both English and Arabic, launched in collaboration with the MENA FinTech Association, 2019
  • “Comparative Analysis of Crypto-Assets Framework” which was published by STO Lab MENA in February 2020.

Certification

  • Certified under World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Worldwide Academy's Course “General Course on Intellectual Property” covering the main areas on copyrights, patents, trademarks etc.

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